Weekend Rewind: Progress (Thanks in Part to my Parents)

This weekend, we worked. And by worked, I mean we painted… moved in some furniture… painted that furniture… cleaned… painted some more… painted more…   replaced a door… painted just a little more… oh, and painted a little more… Basically, we had a progress-filled weekend. Wyatt and I worked on getting the ceilings in the […]

One Step Forward…More Tips for DIY Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Two steps backward…right? It’s been one of those weeks, and it’s only Wednesday. But, we do have some progress to report. We’ve been busy in the basement guest room… …and the nursery. Which is why the rest of our house is currently a mess of furniture and such. Oh, and we have a giant garage […]

Mudding Through Manual Mode: Giveaway!

Here’s the deal, manual mode is hard. I’ve found that out the hard way, several times. Of course, it’s also awesome when you get it right. Seriously, I was shocked when I got this shot of Wyatt in a semi-dark interior room on a rainy, dreary evening. One of the biggest challenges to overcome was […]

Weekend Rewind: Putting Up Pegboard Edition

This weekend, we officially tackled the garage. We had a pretty big task ahead of us, so I’m not at all surprised we didn’t get it finished, which is fine. Plus, it rained a lot of the time, which made things go a little slower. Here’s a couple photos to show you what we were […]

Another Kitchen Project = DONE!

Well guys, we’re officially done to one project left in the giant, never-ending kitchen renovation project. Last night, Wyatt finished up the touch up paint on the new cabinet trim while I had a call for work and let me tell you, it looks fantastic, if we do say so ourselves, which we do. The […]

Getting Going on Our Goals for 2015

Well, it’s the middle of April, which means I’m already over due for an update on how we’re doing with our 2015 goals and resolutions. I think we have some decent progress to report, but not much has been “done” to be able to cross it off the list. Time to dive in and see […]

Weekend Rewind: Time to Trim Edition

This weekend, we worked on trim. In several different ways. Wyatt was in the garage building and sanding and prepping trim to install above the kitchen cabinets and at the base of the nook area. I was in the nursery working on painting the trim in the closet white. Then, on Monday, my mom came […]

Trimming Out the Nook

When we left off talking about the nook shelving, things were already starting to look a lot better, but we were also anxious to add the trim at the top and really complete the whole area. There’s clearly something missing in these photos. Those dark shadows at the top aren’t so great, huh? Not to […]

DIY Modern Plate Wall in the Kitchen

One of the things I’ve been working on for the past few weeks is the plate wall in the kitchen. I’ve known since we started the renovation that I wanted to have some arrangement of my favorite decorative dishes on the wall, so I’ve been collecting fun plates over the past several months from thrift […]

We Finally Have A Finished Nook: Mounting the Custom Shelves

When we planned the nook, we wanted to continue the open shelving concept from the other side of the kitchen. This meant we could either buy an outside corner shelf and a shelf between two cabinets or build it ourselves. Unfortunately, while buying is easier, it’s also more expensive. For the shelves between the two […]

DIwYatt: Installing a Can Light

We’re slowly checking off the list of remaining kitchen projects and one of those was reusing the can light we removed from the soffit above the sink in the entryway to the garage. There had been a regular flush mount lighting fixture in that location. Although for awhile, it has looked like this, a dark […]

Some Spring in Our Step – Spring & Easter Decor

Happy Easter, friends! While I didn’t go over the top with Easter and spring decorations this year, I did do a few things to spruce up our space, starting with hanging my DIY Happy Spring Wreath back on the door. (You know, the one that stayed on my door from May until November last year? […]

Another Basement Secret

I feel like you guys probably have a pretty good idea of what our house is like on the main floor, but we never talk about the basement. Except to show you how messy it is, or to share secrets. Today is really no different, see we have another big secret down there. The real […]

Beginning Beanie’s Nursery – Mood Board and Plans

I tend to be a little scatterbrained when it comes to decorating and projects around our house. Being pregnant and semi-overwhelmed about all we want to accomplish between now and then doesn’t help. So, even though I’ve been pulling ideas and thoughts together on what Beanie’s nursery should look and feel like since WAY before […]

Magnetic Magic – Installing IKEA GRUNDTAL Knife Rack

This may go down as the fastest project we ever procrastinated. Remember all the way back to when we went to Ikea and bought some stuff for our kitchen, including the GRUNDTAL magnetic racks? Well, we started working on hanging them a really long time ago, like the following weekend after we bought them. But […]

Sandwich Snacking: Sponsored Post for Hillshire Farm

This post is #Sponsored by Hillshire Farm, but the words and opinions are all our own.  Last week, we shared a recipe made with Hillshire Farms smoked sausage. Yum. We also had the opportunity to try their new Naturals lunch meat. One of the good things about this turkey is that it’s slow roasted in […]

Pretty Pops of Color – A DIY Pom Pom Tree

First of all, who else is super excited for spring? It’s been raining the last couple of days here and I’m still getting over a bad cold (being sick while pregnant is not fun!) but the warmer air and sunshine has me feeling energized and excited. When I was browsing Pinterest one night when I […]

Weekend Rewind – Camera and Cows Edition

Wyatt and I spent a great weekend visiting our family, which included a couple birthday celebrations (one belated, one early, but still) and some baby animals, both cows and cats. Wyatt’s dad took us around to see his new calves. My mom got to show off the new little kittens they have. I also spent […]

DIwYatt: Building Custom Shelving Between Cabinets

The kitchen is moving along nicely. We are getting so close we can both finally see the finish line. Last weekend, I tackled the last building project we have to do. If you remember, we needed to build two different shapes of shelves for the nook project, outside corner shelves and shelves between two cabinets. […]

Getting Saucy with Sausage: Sponsored Post for Hillshire Farm

This is a sponsored post for Hillshire Farm. All views and opinions are our own. A few weeks ago, we were contacted by Hillshire Farm about creating a couple recipes for them. Since we had several requests for recipes and reports of our kitchen in action now that it’s almost completed, we figured it was a […]

A Trash Can Plan – Painting Our Cheap, Plastic Kitchen Trash Can

Not sure if you noticed the eyesore in some recent photos we’ve shared on the nook or not, but it’s certainly been bothering me… Boring old black trash can with no lid so our trash is just out there for all the world to see. Ick. Not to mention, it can get a little stinky […]

Weekend Rewind: Springing Into Action Edition

This weekend was wonderful! The weather was nice, we didn’t have anywhere to go (besides church and a couple meals we met up for with friends) and we were able to tackle a bunch of projects we’ve been needing to get going on. Three cheers for a progress-filled weekend! Woohoo! Sorry, I’m just a little […]

A Quickie Scarf Solution

Not that we’ve had almost a week of spring weather, I’m starting to get the urge to clean everything in our house. One thing that’s been driving me particularly crazy is the back of our closet door. I’ve been using it to store both hoodies and scarves all winter and it’s getting a little, or […]

DIwYatt: Kansas City Antique Mall Map!

I DIwYatt-ed this Antique Mall map using a mapping website called BatchGeo.com and data from Google Maps. I post about some of this stuff on my tech blog BizIntelSolutions, but thought this would be a good place to share this on since we know a lot of you all enjoy thrifting and finding bargain or […]

Weekend Rewind: Taste of Spring Edition

You guys, it’s been 60 degrees the last three days in a row. Is it cliche to say the little babe in my womb has been leaping for joy? (Okay, so I’m just now getting to the stage when I can feel those little movements more often) but I like to think it’s because we […]

Nook Drawer Reveal (AKA: No More Big Hole in the Cabinet!)

Yesterday, Wyatt shared the post about all the steps we took when creating the nook. It’s finally done, or at least the bottom part is. If you missed it, find it here. Here’s the reminder of how everything looked before.   Then, it looked like this after we refreshed the kitchen in Phase 1. Our […]

Creating the Kitchen Nook Area

Before getting started on the drywall, I wanted to get started on the nook area. This would allow us to know how far down the wall to drywall. I started by building the sides of the nook area that would be the structure for the drawer cabinet. This will also be what the counter top […]